Automotive batteries provide starting power for an automobile and serve as the electrical grounding source for its electrical system. Due to advances in electronic technology, an automobile battery can also serve as a temporary power source for a small home. Since most household appliances require alternating current as an energy source, an electronic device called a power inverter must be connected to the automotive battery before using in the home.
Things You'll Need
- Power inverter (1000 watts or greater)
- Automotive battery
- Surge protector
Attach the black power inverter input clamp to the negative ("NEG" or "-") battery post. Attach the red power inverter input clamp to the positive ("POS" or "+") battery post.
Plug the surge protector into the power inverter outlet. Turn on the power inverter and allow the components inside the inverter to charge up.
Turn the surge protector switch on. Plug the electrical devices (electric lamps, televisions, DVD players, etc.) into the surge protector outlets.